[Video] Just Blaze & Baauer Speak on “Higher” Collaboration

Recently, Just Blaze and Baauer teamed up to drop the massive, dubby “Higher.” Two of the most influential producers in their respective genres, this track had big expectations and, in my opinion, delivered. It’s interesting seeing Just Blaze dabble in the heavier electronic scene–only one more sign that hip hop is moving that direction.

The two spoke to Pitchfork about the collaboration, which you can see below. I think Baauer really sums up the effect of the collaboration in that Just Blaze comes at it with a mastery in beatmaking, and Baauer comes at it with a unique catalog of sound. The combination of the two is very, very dope, and the video and the full song can both be streamed below.


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[Album Stream] Rolling Stone Gives ‘Born to Die’ Two Stars

I was flipping through the latest issue of Rolling Stone yesterday and stopped quickly to read the review of Lana Del Rey’s recently released album, Born to Die. Let’s just say the critique wasn’t as pretty as her lips. As Sheffield notes in his write up, much of the blogosphere–including myself–has fallen in love with Lana. Is RS drinking haterade, or are they valid when they say:

“She’s a starlet to music bloggers, who’ve been buzzing over her for the past year. But for the rest of us, she’s just another aspiring singer who wasn’t ready to make an album yet…her song doctors need to go the fuck back to med school.”

Harsh. Other “opinion leaders” like Pitchfork didn’t have great things to say about Del Rey’s debut either. What do you guys think? Is Lana’s music more hype than substance? Or, is this another case of blogs vs. ‘official’ journalism drawing territorial lines, kinda like how we’ve recently seen with Childish Gambino.

Stream Born to Die below, and let’s see what the people think.


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Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 – Top 5 Must Sees

Each year, Pitchfork is one of my favorite music festivals. They always put together a great lineup, and although the headliners may be lesser known than festivals like Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo, Pitchfork always distinguishes itself as one of the most fun music festivals around. Perhaps that’s because I’m biased towards summertime Chi, but I really can’t say enough good things about Pitchfork’s festivals. Year after year they deliver – it’s a highlight of my summer. I have included the full list of artists as well as a top 10 list of artists I am most excited to see. You’ll notice that they are all unique artists–not a single one of my top 5 are mainstream artists, and that is what makes Pitchfork even better. It’s a distinctive festival because they always find unique, independent, talented artists, which is really awesome.

July 15, 2011

Animal Collective//Neko Case//Guided by Voices//Thurston Moore//Curren$y//Das Racist//James Blake//Battles//Tune-Yards//Gatekeeper//Ema

July 16, 2011

Fleet Foxes//DJ Shadow//The Dismemberment Plan//Destroyer//No Age//Gang Gang Dance//Zola Jesus//Twin Shadow//Woods//The Radio Dept//Cold Cave//Wild Nothing//Off!//Juliana Barwick//G-Side//Sun Airway//Chrissy Murderbot feat. MC Zulu

July 17th, 2011

TV on the Radio//Cut Copy//Deerhunter//Superchunk//Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti//Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All//Health//Kurt Vile and the Violaters//Yuck//Tori y Moi//The Fresh and Onlys//Baths//Kylsea//Shabazz Places//Twin Sister//How to Dress Well//Darkstar

My Top 5 Must Sees

5. Curren$y

Curren$y – Michael Knight

Curren$y is way far up there on my favorite rappers list. He has a very unique sound and vibe to his music that I usually really like. I’ve never seen him live and am  excited to see how energetic he can be when he performs live given that he has such a mellow sound on the majority of his records.

4. Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes – Ragged Wood

Fleet Foxes is one of my favorite new bands. They just make me feel happier. I cannot wait to see them at Pitchfork–I’m really curious to see how their live set will be. I have huge expectations and I hope they can deliver!

3. Animal Collective

Animal Collective – Turn Into Something

I still remember being in 8th grade and getting made fun of when I showed my friends “Fireworks” by Animal Collective. They’d never heard anything like it, and they absolutely hated it. Initially they actually thought I was joking. Far from it. I saw their film Oddsac when they debuted it in Chicago, and got to ask them some questions about it. By far one of my coolest musical experiences to date. Such a crazy “visual album.” Check out the trailer here.

2. TV on the Radio

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TV on the Radio – DLZ

I honestly expect TV on the Radio to be absolutely mindblowing. The energy in their songs is so enticing and infecting, I can only imagine what their live set will be like.

1. Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

French! – Tyler, the Creator and Hodgy Beats

If you’ve been reading this site for any extended amount of time, you already know how big a fan I am of Odd Future. Call it hype, call it a gimmick, call it whatever you’d like. I’ll call it raw and revolutionary. There live shows are some of the most emotionally intense things I’ve ever seen. People just absolutely lose it. Stage dives from upwards of 15 feet in the air, brutal moshing–from the clips I’ve seen, an Odd Future live set will be unlike anything else I’ve ever seen.

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